I must have missed this book about a special 11-year-old girl when it was published last year, and only noticed when the sequel was getting attention more recently.
Morrigan Crow lives with her not-so-loving family until her 11th birthday, when something quite rare will happen. Well, not that rare – we will all die. Only, Morrigan is cursed and will die on her birthday, along with a few similar special children.
But there would be no story if she wasn’t rescued from her fate, and in this case a man called Jupiter North turns up out of the blue and magics her away. He’s not the only one to show a late and sudden interest in Morrigan. The enigmatic Ezra Squall also attempts to gain her trust.
Nevermoor is a hitherto unknown part of Morrigan’s world where she ends up living in a crazy hotel, and where she’s expected to compete to become part of something called the Wundrous Society. Apparently she will need to use her very special skill to succeed. The trouble is Morrigan is not aware of having such a skill.
I’m trying to avoid mentioning Harry, Dumbledore, Voldemort and Hogwarts, but it’s hard. Nevermoor is nothing like that other story, including its appeal to older readers. I reckon most children would adore The Trials of Morrigan Crow. I liked it well enough, but in my opinion the magic lacked a little bit of magic.
I’ll still give the next book a go, though.